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New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Morning Flower, the second book in the Omte Origins arc. Welcome back to the kingdom of the Omte—a forest realm where secrets and danger, human nature and ancient mythology collide. Where truth is stranger than fiction. Searching for answers to her own shrouded origins, U New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Morning Flower, the second book in the Omte Origins arc. Welcome back to the kingdom of the Omte—a forest realm where secrets and danger, human nature and ancient mythology collide. Where truth is stranger than fiction. Searching for answers to her own shrouded origins, Ulla Tulin’s journey of exploration takes a sudden turn when Eliana is kidnapped. Turning toward the Omte capital instead of the institute where she hoped to learn the truth about her identity, Ulla must put Eliana’s welfare before her own—a sacrifice that will present all new dangers to them both. When history is still unwritten. Ulla never expected that once she arrived she’d discover the identity of a Skojare man who crossed paths with her mother—a man who could very well be her father. Given the man’s connections to the Älvolk, a secret society tasked with protecting the location of the First City, Ulla is soon dispatched to Sweden to find him. One woman will dare to go wherever fate will take her… Now Ulla, along with her maybe boyfriend Pan, finds herself on a desperate race against time to locate her kin—who could very well pose a danger to her kingdom. Nobody and nothing is as it seems as she penetrates the dark heart of the Älvolk…all the way to the secret Lost Bridge to the First City, where an unknown future awaits for Ulla and her kind.


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New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Morning Flower, the second book in the Omte Origins arc. Welcome back to the kingdom of the Omte—a forest realm where secrets and danger, human nature and ancient mythology collide. Where truth is stranger than fiction. Searching for answers to her own shrouded origins, U New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Morning Flower, the second book in the Omte Origins arc. Welcome back to the kingdom of the Omte—a forest realm where secrets and danger, human nature and ancient mythology collide. Where truth is stranger than fiction. Searching for answers to her own shrouded origins, Ulla Tulin’s journey of exploration takes a sudden turn when Eliana is kidnapped. Turning toward the Omte capital instead of the institute where she hoped to learn the truth about her identity, Ulla must put Eliana’s welfare before her own—a sacrifice that will present all new dangers to them both. When history is still unwritten. Ulla never expected that once she arrived she’d discover the identity of a Skojare man who crossed paths with her mother—a man who could very well be her father. Given the man’s connections to the Älvolk, a secret society tasked with protecting the location of the First City, Ulla is soon dispatched to Sweden to find him. One woman will dare to go wherever fate will take her… Now Ulla, along with her maybe boyfriend Pan, finds herself on a desperate race against time to locate her kin—who could very well pose a danger to her kingdom. Nobody and nothing is as it seems as she penetrates the dark heart of the Älvolk…all the way to the secret Lost Bridge to the First City, where an unknown future awaits for Ulla and her kind.

30 review for The Morning Flower

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    I went into this one hoping for a little more action/excitement. I was more forgiving of the lack of that element in the first book because it's a lot of setup on the world and plot in general but I really needed to see that progression in the sequel, and through the first two thirds of this book I did not. The Morning Flower was actually set up quite the same as the first book in terms of very little progression until the end. Again with this one, the plot and world are interesting but I can't I went into this one hoping for a little more action/excitement. I was more forgiving of the lack of that element in the first book because it's a lot of setup on the world and plot in general but I really needed to see that progression in the sequel, and through the first two thirds of this book I did not. The Morning Flower was actually set up quite the same as the first book in terms of very little progression until the end. Again with this one, the plot and world are interesting but I can't help but to be left feeling like a lot of the search for answers and rather mundane details could be condensed greatly in the first 2/3 of this story. It drags. It made it hard for me to fully get into and that's not what I want in a sequel. It's a lot to wade through to get to the excitement, just to end on another cliffhanger. Even other sub-elements like the romance are basically non-starters. When done well a 'will they or won't they' can be fun and torturously exciting. Ulla and Pan or even the hinted at spark of attraction with Jem-Kruck just never had that integral draw. The desire to see either happen at all never fully formed for me. The characters were so apprehensive and not fully into it that how in the world could I as a reader be? Surprisingly I think a lot of this book was meant to be a slow progression to more between Ulla and Pan but their lack of passion and outward interest definitely fed into mine and I just didn't end up caring one way or another. I was really hoping book one was an exception and not the rule and unfortunately that proved otherwise for me here. While I would like to see what happens next in the story, it's just not enough that I am content waiting to reach the end of another novel to get a little further. I received an arc of this book from Wednesday Books via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Amanda Hocking knows how to finish her books... WITH MAJOR CLIFFHANGINGS!!!! I really liked this second book in the Omte Origins series. Loved to find my favorite characters once again, loved to see the new adventures of Ulla, trying to find her family... All laced in folklore, the world building of this series is amazing. There is a lot of work in there, and it shows. Can't wait to know what will happen in book 3! Many thanks to Wednesday Books for the complimentary e-copy of this book through N Amanda Hocking knows how to finish her books... WITH MAJOR CLIFFHANGINGS!!!! I really liked this second book in the Omte Origins series. Loved to find my favorite characters once again, loved to see the new adventures of Ulla, trying to find her family... All laced in folklore, the world building of this series is amazing. There is a lot of work in there, and it shows. Can't wait to know what will happen in book 3! Many thanks to Wednesday Books for the complimentary e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    When I began reading The Morning Flower I didn't realize it was the 2nd book in a series. Oopsie! It's unfair to the book and the author to rate the story based on that so after I go back to the first book, I'll probably come back to revise my rating. Without any background or history the storyline was extremely confusing, although it became more familiar during the progression. Trying to find a kidnapped child entrusted to her care, Ulla also becomes entwined in finding out about her own heritag When I began reading The Morning Flower I didn't realize it was the 2nd book in a series. Oopsie! It's unfair to the book and the author to rate the story based on that so after I go back to the first book, I'll probably come back to revise my rating. Without any background or history the storyline was extremely confusing, although it became more familiar during the progression. Trying to find a kidnapped child entrusted to her care, Ulla also becomes entwined in finding out about her own heritage and the mysteries of First City. The romance seemed sweet and naive if a little awkward. I'm sure this will be a worthy read if I just go back and get the foundation I missed in the first book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | blog | goodreads Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | blog | goodreads

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I love Amanda Hocking. She never lets me down! Great book everyone should try her series. All of them!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    In the Omte Origins series, we hear more about the origins of the trolls and their Scandinavian heritage, their history tightly woven among the Viking folklore. The mythology and legends of children's fairytales coming to life was beautiful and I hope it might lead the way to future series' set within this magical world. It's been quite a while since a series has captivated me so entirely and that's one of my favourite aspects of Amanda Hocking's writing. They're entertaining reads and I inhaled In the Omte Origins series, we hear more about the origins of the trolls and their Scandinavian heritage, their history tightly woven among the Viking folklore. The mythology and legends of children's fairytales coming to life was beautiful and I hope it might lead the way to future series' set within this magical world. It's been quite a while since a series has captivated me so entirely and that's one of my favourite aspects of Amanda Hocking's writing. They're entertaining reads and I inhaled both books within days. Being back in the Trylle world was lovely and although the Omte Origins series features an entirely new community of troll, characters and storylines, it was comforting to be back in a world I was familiar with. The Morning Flower, the second Omte Origins instalment is wonderfully adventurous, a beautiful exploration of folklore and culture, of lost cities and found family.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The Morning Flower, the second book in The Omte Origins, picks up where The Lost City ended. Ulla and Pan are traveling to New Orleans, the Omte capital, to learn more about Ulla’s birth parents. They also want to find out about the First City and Eliana who was kidnapped at the end of the first book. One of Amanda Hocking’s strengths as a storyteller is her ability to create these intricate worlds that are detailed and vivid. This story, for example, delves quite deeply into troll history, which The Morning Flower, the second book in The Omte Origins, picks up where The Lost City ended. Ulla and Pan are traveling to New Orleans, the Omte capital, to learn more about Ulla’s birth parents. They also want to find out about the First City and Eliana who was kidnapped at the end of the first book. One of Amanda Hocking’s strengths as a storyteller is her ability to create these intricate worlds that are detailed and vivid. This story, for example, delves quite deeply into troll history, which I found fascinating. As Ulla learns more about her birth parents and her history, the reader learns so much about the various troll communities across the globe (and possibly beyond?) and their relationships, or lack of, with each other. This is not a fast-paced or action-packed story. Instead, it is a story about a young woman’s journey to find herself. Ulla has always felt like she doesn’t belong, and she still feels this way. In searching for her identity and finding out about her history, she might gain a sense of belonging and self. Though there are parts that feel slow, the intriguing mystery of Ulla’s parentage, as well as the mystery behind Eliana’s kidnapping, pushed me to finish the story. I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the love story since that’s usually my favorite part. Unfortunately, Ulla’s actions were frustrating. Just when it seemed like they were moving forward in their relationship, Ulla would back off or hesitate. Her relationship with Pan has so much potential, but Ulla’s indecisiveness puts their romance on the back-burner. She has a lot to deal with and argues that a relationship wouldn’t be wise. However, I predict that Ulla won’t be able to resist Pan’s unwavering support and devotion for long! The last third of the book was faster paced than the rest of the story, and there are several surprising revelations. I’m curious to see how this affects Ulla in the next book. Thanks so much to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    In this second novel we continue to follow Ulla on her hunt to find her parents and along with this a quest to find the quirky Eliana which we met in book one. These kind of stories always hook me cause their a mystery to be solved and usually it involves something way bigger then what we thought. The world building for this series is phenomenal and i really can see myself as we travel to find the lost city. I hurt for Ulla as she uncovers things about her mom and farther that were complete out In this second novel we continue to follow Ulla on her hunt to find her parents and along with this a quest to find the quirky Eliana which we met in book one. These kind of stories always hook me cause their a mystery to be solved and usually it involves something way bigger then what we thought. The world building for this series is phenomenal and i really can see myself as we travel to find the lost city. I hurt for Ulla as she uncovers things about her mom and farther that were complete out left field. We don’t learn much about Eliana or even see her on this part of the adventure. I really love how this series is playing out but now i sad cause i have to wait tell January 2021 to see how it all ends.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    The Morning Flower picks up right were The Lost City left off. Following the kidnapping of Eliana, Ulla And Pan are headed to the Omte capital in search of answers about Ulla’s parents as well as to figure out what exactly happened to Eliana. Where The Lost City is more action focused, The Morning Flower focuses more on Ulla’s personal journey to understanding herself. The Morning Flower still boasts the intricate world building that Amanda Hocking is known for, but we really dive deep into what The Morning Flower picks up right were The Lost City left off. Following the kidnapping of Eliana, Ulla And Pan are headed to the Omte capital in search of answers about Ulla’s parents as well as to figure out what exactly happened to Eliana. Where The Lost City is more action focused, The Morning Flower focuses more on Ulla’s personal journey to understanding herself. The Morning Flower still boasts the intricate world building that Amanda Hocking is known for, but we really dive deep into what it means to be Omte and the history of that tribe. I thought it provided a greater insight into this tribe that up until now has remained a huge mystery within the troll kingdoms. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are definitely a lot of revelations in this book that I didn’t see coming. This book does end on quite a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up in the end. Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing an advanced listening copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: The Morning Flower Author: Amanda Hocking Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with an ARC. I just going to be honest. This book clearly had middle book syndrome. Amanda’s second books usually feel this way. She does a great job at building up in the second book and uses the third book to bring everything home. I am not worried; I’ve read a lot of Amanda’s other books and she always manages to deliver on her endings. I’m just saying Book: The Morning Flower Author: Amanda Hocking Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with an ARC. I just going to be honest. This book clearly had middle book syndrome. Amanda’s second books usually feel this way. She does a great job at building up in the second book and uses the third book to bring everything home. I am not worried; I’ve read a lot of Amanda’s other books and she always manages to deliver on her endings. I’m just saying that you really shouldn’t expect to have all of your questions answered from the first book in this one. However, don’t worry, this book is still well down and well worth the read. The Morning Flower picks right up where The Lost City left off. Ulla and the gang are still trying to find Eliena and learn about Ulla’s past. Ulla is still morphing into a strong and brave young woman. We see her develop deep bounds with the characters and see just what she will do to protect those who she cares about. We get to see her and the others travel throughout the troll world and see how their bonds grow stronger. This is something that I have always loved about Amanda’s writing: the deep bonds between the characters. Sure, we have romance, but I really enjoy the friendships. I like how even those who weren’t close at the beginning of the story grow to being close. Does that make sense? The worldbuilding is amazing. No, you don’t have to read the other Trylle books to understand the world; you do have to read The Lost City first. I have been reading about the Trylle for a while now and I must say that the more I read, the more I like the world. Amanda has built world hidden from the modern one. This world has the perfect mix of magic and human technology. Yes, this books are low fantasy and have a soft magic system; if that is not your cup of tea, then don’t waste your time. I really like the mix of the old and new. Plus, adding in a little Norse mythology is just great. It just makes the magic system seem that much more real and ancient. I also like the fact that Amanda’s books pick right up where the previous one in that ARC left off. Since her book series are published so close together, you really don’t need a recap. I like that we get right back into the thick of things and get the plot moving. The way that she manages to loop everything in together is great; very few authors are able to pull it off. It honestly feels like each book is TV episode, which makes it so easy to binge her books. Anyway, I had a great time reading this. I can’t wait for book three, which I don’t think has a publication date yet. The Morning Flower comes out on August 4, 2020. Youtube: https://youtu.be/aoTEI568Lwg

  11. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    What I’ve heard when it comes to Hocking’s trilogies is that she has a starter novel that brings you into the world and background, a middle book that details the journey and then a final climax that completely gives readers the ending they look for. This is my first trilogy by her and so far it is sticking to that course. The first book was definitely a starter for me and now this is more depth into the journey for the golden ticket so-to-speak. This novel picks up right where the first left of What I’ve heard when it comes to Hocking’s trilogies is that she has a starter novel that brings you into the world and background, a middle book that details the journey and then a final climax that completely gives readers the ending they look for. This is my first trilogy by her and so far it is sticking to that course. The first book was definitely a starter for me and now this is more depth into the journey for the golden ticket so-to-speak. This novel picks up right where the first left off and you do need to read the first book to understand this one. Ulla is still on the hunt for her birth parents and the kidnapped Eliana. What she learns about herself along the way paves the road for book 3. The world building has not let me down yet. Hocking has a beautiful mastery that depicts the Troll world and the different tribes. What I would love to see is a detailed map in the hardcover editions. Besides that though is the descriptive detail of each scene that pulls you in and lets you sit beside Ulla and her friends. I can’t say too much about this one without giving away details from Book one. I am a little disappointed that this one didn’t have as much excitement as the first and I kinda lost my connection to the characters. I am not sure if it was due to lack of action or the amount of time spent in the journey. I am still looking forward to seeing how everything comes together in the end. Thank you Wednesday Books and Amanda Hocking for the opportunity to read both books in this trilogy so far. All thoughts are solely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I enjoyed the sequel to the Omte Origins series a bit more than the first book. I feel like it’s because this book had *more oomph* — if that makes sense. The relationship between Ulla and Pan is better developed and actually discussed between them in a very mature, commendably responsible way that I rarely see in fictional relationships. While the characters themselves don’t come across to me as super complex, their fierce loyalty to one another really makes the book for me. I enjoyed getting to I enjoyed the sequel to the Omte Origins series a bit more than the first book. I feel like it’s because this book had *more oomph* — if that makes sense. The relationship between Ulla and Pan is better developed and actually discussed between them in a very mature, commendably responsible way that I rarely see in fictional relationships. While the characters themselves don’t come across to me as super complex, their fierce loyalty to one another really makes the book for me. I enjoyed getting to see more insight into this world. The mysterious magical elements felt darker (where I feel like the envelope wasn’t quite pushed enough in the first book). However, I still had some of the same issues of the worldbuilding feeling vague and intangible. The different cultural groups for the trolls were further explained and seem to be like a microcosm of our society. However, I think the lack of interaction between the troll world and human society prevented the narrative from really *going there* with this concept. Comparable books: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell ***I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***My review is also posted on my blog!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    So this is the second book in this series, and while I had planned to read it this summer right after I read the first one, The Lost City, as I keep mentioning, my reading/reviewing schedules just don’t follow my plans. This second book ended on a major cliffhanger! Fortunately I do have the third book to review already, but again, I haven’t been able to get to it as soon as I would have liked. But since it doesn’t come out till January, I do have it scheduled in next month to read in time for i So this is the second book in this series, and while I had planned to read it this summer right after I read the first one, The Lost City, as I keep mentioning, my reading/reviewing schedules just don’t follow my plans. This second book ended on a major cliffhanger! Fortunately I do have the third book to review already, but again, I haven’t been able to get to it as soon as I would have liked. But since it doesn’t come out till January, I do have it scheduled in next month to read in time for it’s publishing date. I plan to give it its own post too since I’ve got it scheduled in like I did with the first one. I love that this one went down to Louisiana for a lot of the story. It was neat to once again see the trolls in different areas of the world. There was a big twist, but I wondered if it was true as I read, because I just didn’t know if I could trust the different people in the story. All I know is that I’m excited to get to this one next month to find out who was telling the truth and fix that cliffhanger! Review first posted on Lisa Loves Literature.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    THE MORNING FLOWER continues the OMTE ORIGINS story as Ulla continues to search for her heritage and for the missing Eliana. She and Pan travel to Louisiana to see if they can get some answers from the Omte, though most of what they learn are dead-ends. Children's fairytales seem to keep popping up, but how they fit into the larger picture is not yet clear. As the story builds, we do learn more about the mythology and the connections between the characters, as well as Ulla's own ancestry. That be THE MORNING FLOWER continues the OMTE ORIGINS story as Ulla continues to search for her heritage and for the missing Eliana. She and Pan travel to Louisiana to see if they can get some answers from the Omte, though most of what they learn are dead-ends. Children's fairytales seem to keep popping up, but how they fit into the larger picture is not yet clear. As the story builds, we do learn more about the mythology and the connections between the characters, as well as Ulla's own ancestry. That being said, the book does have the feel of an in-between book with plenty of running around and a cliffhanger ending. What I loved: This book moves at a good pace, and it is easy to read within a day, without any sections that are weak-links in terms of pacing. The mythology and history of trolls is really interesting, and I really enjoyed the inclusion of the children's fairytale books. The world is fleshed out even further, and it's woven within our own. This is highly readable and character focused without a ton of action, so it feels more like talking to a friend, which has its own appeal. What left me wanting more: I did like the building romance that was fleshed out a bit more in this one, though it still takes a backseat to everything else and felt a bit take-it-or-leave-it as it was not a big part of the plot. There are a few strings similar to the romance that feel like paths we wander on without resolution, but I am hoping that this will all come together in the next. Some characters who were major in the first book are pretty much left out of this one, so I will be curious to see their potential involvement in the next (as I missed them). Final verdict: Overall, this is an engaging sequel that continues Ulla's story with a YA fantasy that builds an intriguing world. While the first book provides a foundation for the characters and place, this one continues to build on that with new mythology and lessons learned. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    3.5/5 A massive thank you to Char from Pan Macmillan Aus for giving me a copy of this book to review honestly. Okay, I've just finished it so this is all quite fresh, but I need book three now ahh! Review: So the book opens with Ulla and Pan going on their journey to find out more about the lost bridge/city, and also to find out more about Ullas family too. The roadtrip/visit: I was so happy during this part of the book! We were finding clues, the relationship between Pan and Ulla was being all c 3.5/5 A massive thank you to Char from Pan Macmillan Aus for giving me a copy of this book to review honestly. Okay, I've just finished it so this is all quite fresh, but I need book three now ahh! Review: So the book opens with Ulla and Pan going on their journey to find out more about the lost bridge/city, and also to find out more about Ullas family too. The roadtrip/visit: I was so happy during this part of the book! We were finding clues, the relationship between Pan and Ulla was being all cutesy, there was car singing. It was good times. SOME less good times but overall my favourite part of the book for sure! Speaking of relationships, whilst I don't mind Pan, I want more about Jem-Kruk. I've decided from the pear scene in book one that I'm 100% in love with him and the snippets we got from him in this book still have me curious about our mysterious pear guy. The theories were coming in strong this instalment, every tiny detail we got I was like "ah huh! another clue!". I got a bit confused towards the end of the book because it felt like information that we had been building up to for so long was just being given so easily. After roughly 500 pages of clues I was invested and wanting the clues and mystery solving to continue. The ending of this book also felt like things weren't being resolved from the main plot points of this book but instead it was being set up for the next book, so I'm curious to see how it will all wrap up. Lets talk writing! I read Amanda Hockings Trylle series back in high school and looking at her past books as well as these current books, her writing style is just honestly so amazing. It's so easy to read, it has pop-culture references and the commentary is hilarious and relatable. It's been ages since I've read a book that had me theorising and trying to decipher clues so that was an incredibly fun experience. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I'm keen to read book three and find out how it all wraps up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)

    The plot thickens as we dive back into Pan and Ulla's adventures in The Morning Flower. Pages filled with complex characters, picturesque landscapes and questionable bars all lead Ulla and Pan back to Merellä, back to where it all began. The Morning Flower takes off exactly where The Lost City ends. Making it easy to go between the two books. The Morning Flower does feel more urgent, there are more things being revealed, more characters playing big roles and more twists being taken. Once again we The plot thickens as we dive back into Pan and Ulla's adventures in The Morning Flower. Pages filled with complex characters, picturesque landscapes and questionable bars all lead Ulla and Pan back to Merellä, back to where it all began. The Morning Flower takes off exactly where The Lost City ends. Making it easy to go between the two books. The Morning Flower does feel more urgent, there are more things being revealed, more characters playing big roles and more twists being taken. Once again we see Ulla and Pan setting off on a new adventure. And although it makes for a great story, it feels surreal. How they, as well as Dagny and Elof, can simply take off from work. Drop all commitments and leave on a wild goose chase across the world. The Morning Flower sees Ulla finally get some answers about who she truly is. But in a cruel twist she is left with more questions than answers. Well written and engaging from beginning to end, The Morning Flower was a great follow up book to The Lost City and I can't wait for book 3! Thank you to PanMacmillan for sending me a review copy. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really enjoyed this novel. I find the links between characters in this trilogy and the others already written very appealing. I like that the stories are interwoven and provide background (and a glimpse of the future) for characters we already know and love. Ulla's adventure is becoming incredibly complicated. It is interesting to follow, but the questions left to be answered almost seem to much for the third book. I'm hopeful that they will be adequately addressed because I do enjoy her story I really enjoyed this novel. I find the links between characters in this trilogy and the others already written very appealing. I like that the stories are interwoven and provide background (and a glimpse of the future) for characters we already know and love. Ulla's adventure is becoming incredibly complicated. It is interesting to follow, but the questions left to be answered almost seem to much for the third book. I'm hopeful that they will be adequately addressed because I do enjoy her story. When this comes to a resolution, I'm not sure how dark things are going to get. It almost seems as if war is on the horizon. Perhaps instead of hoping for answers to all my questions in one novel, I can hope for another trilogy! I can't wait to read the final book. Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for providing a copy of this eARC for review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This book was much better in the series and has grown on me for sure. It was a lot more enjoyable and fun. The romance was awkward but enjoyable. The main characters grew more for me in this book, so that’s a plus. The new characters introduced in this book weren’t my favorite tho and were slightly annoying. That being said, overall, this book improved the series so that was wonderful. The nice part is when the story grows and the plot keeps going and the characters become better in any way, ove This book was much better in the series and has grown on me for sure. It was a lot more enjoyable and fun. The romance was awkward but enjoyable. The main characters grew more for me in this book, so that’s a plus. The new characters introduced in this book weren’t my favorite tho and were slightly annoying. That being said, overall, this book improved the series so that was wonderful. The nice part is when the story grows and the plot keeps going and the characters become better in any way, overall this book did most of that, it was a nice read. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Salena

    I am very confused by these books. The first book has pretty much no set up or development so I was expecting a lot of that in this book and pretty much we didn't get any answers until the last 100 pages. There really isn't much to these books and I feel like the last book isn't going to redeem this series much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (The Caffeinated Book Addict)

    Review to come closer to release date!

  21. 5 out of 5

    K Whatsherface

    Like the last book this was slow to start but overall I am invested in the 3rd book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Marie

    *I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads* After finishing The Lost City (The Omte Origins book 1) I had hoped that maybe book 2 (The Morning Flower) would hold more appeal, but I ended up feeling just as disenchanted with the sequel as I was with the first book. I just didn’t care for it. I really wanted to like this series and I hoped that I might find myself more enchanted with The Morning Flower, but that just wasn’t the case. The Morning Flower picks up shortly after the end *I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads* After finishing The Lost City (The Omte Origins book 1) I had hoped that maybe book 2 (The Morning Flower) would hold more appeal, but I ended up feeling just as disenchanted with the sequel as I was with the first book. I just didn’t care for it. I really wanted to like this series and I hoped that I might find myself more enchanted with The Morning Flower, but that just wasn’t the case. The Morning Flower picks up shortly after the ending of The Lost City with Ulla and Pan on the road to the Omte capitol. Much like the first book the second book seemed to just drag itself out without anything of real interest happening for the majority of the book and then the only interesting tidbits seemed to happen in the last 20% of the book only for it to end with another cliffhanger. At this point I don’t even feel the desire to read the final book in the Omte Origins trilogy. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t find myself interested enough in Ulla or even the spark of potential between her and Pan or any other potential love interest such as, Jem-kruk. I had hoped that I might feel more enamored with Hocking’s characters by the end of The Morning Flower, but that wasn’t the case. All in all, 3 stars for The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Anne Blount

    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press (Wednesday Books) for the e-ARC of The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking. This book was all that I was hoping for and more! Seriously, The Morning Flower is a fantastic second book in The Omte Origins Series! A longer review will be posted once I digest the amazingness of this book. Sigh, I just love everything Amanda Hocking writes! She is a genius! Also, would it be too much to ask for three more books in the Trylle universe? PLEASE!?!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eleni

    3 Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Australia who sent me a free copy for review. All the opinions i give are my own, and have in no way been influenced. I enjoyed this book more than the first book in the series, The Lost City however, I gave it a similar rating because it didn't do much for me. This sequel follows Ulla and Pan on their quest to find out Ulla's true parents, and who they were. I understood where this book was trying to go, and while it was successful in some aspects, it was very 3 Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Australia who sent me a free copy for review. All the opinions i give are my own, and have in no way been influenced. I enjoyed this book more than the first book in the series, The Lost City however, I gave it a similar rating because it didn't do much for me. This sequel follows Ulla and Pan on their quest to find out Ulla's true parents, and who they were. I understood where this book was trying to go, and while it was successful in some aspects, it was very average in others. The concept behind these books is very unique, however, I feel that the execution is a missed opportunity. The plot of this felt a little dragged out and I didn't understand why we went through a lot of the trouble and effort. The characters were better developed in this, but with the development of Pan/Dagny etc. they became slightly irritating. Ulla also didn't do a lot for me, as I felt like she sulked and complained more than needed. I enjoy the world building in this series, and the idea behind the troll communities. I really don't like using the word tribe to describe them as I feel it's done in a careless way, and doesn't take into consideration how this wording and language may affect Indigenous tribes in real life. There were numerous typos throughout the book, and towards the end the writing and editing became quite sloppy. I'm not sure if this book was rushed to be published and Amanda Hocking and her team simply ran out of time, or if there was little care and attention given to the details. To be quite honest, I only read this book because it was gifted to me, and while I'm interested in the world, I'm not sure that I would buy the third installment in the series that's due to release 2021. Once again, a huge thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for gifting me a copy of this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CR

    Well I called it this book two of this new spin off was beautiful!! Perfection in a story!! I loved the characters and all of the ups and downs. I need the next one like ASAP and I really need to reread the original series now as well.

  26. 4 out of 5

    April

    The Morning Flower By Amanda Hocking Series: The Omte Origins Book #2 (from the World of the Trylle) Publisher: St. Martin’s Press - Wednesday Books Publish Date: August 4, 2020 Thanks to NetGalley and publisher St. Martin’s Press- Wednesday Books for the ebook ARC of The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking. When Ulla Tulin took her internship at the MImirin, the only mystery she thought she’d have to solve was that of her birth parents. After a girl named Eliana gets kidnapped while in her care, Ulla The Morning Flower By Amanda Hocking Series: The Omte Origins Book #2 (from the World of the Trylle) Publisher: St. Martin’s Press - Wednesday Books Publish Date: August 4, 2020 Thanks to NetGalley and publisher St. Martin’s Press- Wednesday Books for the ebook ARC of The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking. When Ulla Tulin took her internship at the MImirin, the only mystery she thought she’d have to solve was that of her birth parents. After a girl named Eliana gets kidnapped while in her care, Ulla knows she has to find out the truth of who Eliana really is - and the only way to do that is by travelling to the Omte capital, the place she suspects her mother is from. Ulla didn’t expect that when she arrived she would discover the identity of a Skojare man who crossed paths with her mother- a man who could very well be her father.When the head of the Mimirin learns Ulla’s father is connected to the Alvolk, a secret society who believes they were chosen in protecting the FIrst City and the only ones who knows its location. He then sends Ulla and Pan to Sweden where they find him living among the Alvolk. But all is not what it seems and their urgent quest to find the Lost Bridge to the First City leaves Ulla feeling uneasy - and possibly in danger. I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend reading it. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. The book was well written and the characters were well liked and you really got to know them. The cover was amazing as well. I am also hoping there will be another book to this series! #NetGalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Reece

    ARC from NetGalley I'm sure this book would have been better if I had read the first one. Unfortunately, the author thrusts you into the midst of things without much explanation, and the book ends just as abruptly. It's really not the best way to do a series. The romance was awkward and slotted in at moments that felt off. There was also very a very obvious dance being done with it. Oh ho, we kiss. But, someone has just walked in! Now we are not kissing. We shouldn't be kissing. But we will kiss ARC from NetGalley I'm sure this book would have been better if I had read the first one. Unfortunately, the author thrusts you into the midst of things without much explanation, and the book ends just as abruptly. It's really not the best way to do a series. The romance was awkward and slotted in at moments that felt off. There was also very a very obvious dance being done with it. Oh ho, we kiss. But, someone has just walked in! Now we are not kissing. We shouldn't be kissing. But we will kiss eventually! It wasn't done well. There isn't really a question about the end game so much as the timing, which means it isn't really exciting or interesting. The troll thing is an interesting concept, but I know nothing about them aside from vague mentions of the previous book. There seems to be some vague nordic mythology involved. It wasn't a bad book, but it needs some polishing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Reyes

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Honestly, I'm not sure if I will read the next in this series. Everything went a bit off the rails to me, and not in a fun, "omg this is crazy what's happening next?" kind of way. The characters have an awkward romantic thing going on that just doesn't work well . And the southern redneck swamp people thing just grated, especially as they were described as asymmetrical, tall, strong and generally cranky as features of their I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. Honestly, I'm not sure if I will read the next in this series. Everything went a bit off the rails to me, and not in a fun, "omg this is crazy what's happening next?" kind of way. The characters have an awkward romantic thing going on that just doesn't work well . And the southern redneck swamp people thing just grated, especially as they were described as asymmetrical, tall, strong and generally cranky as features of their tribe- give them either a way to fit in like the Trylle or completely secluded like the underwater Skojare tribe. The interaction with the Omte tribe was weird but that was also tied into the awkward romantic issues. But when they get where they were searching for? It was fast and confused and then ended on another cliffhanger.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tippy

    I can't decide if I liked this more or less than book one. It has the same extreme need for editing due to missing and wrong words through out. Some parts felt out of place and awkward. The ending was very abrupt. But overall I would have to say that I enjoyed it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    “For me personally, the truth is that I don’t,’ he admitted in a thick, low voice. ‘I don’t rage about it every minute of the day, but sometimes, yeah, I still get angry about it. And if I let myself dwell on all the things that were taken from me, all the moments lost, I can be really angry for…for a while. But then I try to remind myself of the stuff I do have and then focus on all the things I want to do. I can be sad and mourn the past, but I can’t live there, and most importantly, I don’t w “For me personally, the truth is that I don’t,’ he admitted in a thick, low voice. ‘I don’t rage about it every minute of the day, but sometimes, yeah, I still get angry about it. And if I let myself dwell on all the things that were taken from me, all the moments lost, I can be really angry for…for a while. But then I try to remind myself of the stuff I do have and then focus on all the things I want to do. I can be sad and mourn the past, but I can’t live there, and most importantly, I don’t want to.” Ulla and Pan have a connection having both bonded over their half-breed status but this is real talk and I loved the amount of development between these two that happened in this sequel. At the end of The Lost City they were going for a road trip to find answers about Ulla’s heritage and he’s insistent on staying by her side (and this was throughout the entire book, ne never wavered) Despite not becoming an item in this novel they still shared many scenes and I hope to see more of his history come into play in the third novel because he’s a royal and I see many possibilities there. “You always gotta make me say how I think you’re funny and smart and beautiful. Who else would I be talking about?” Don’t flirt like that only to postpone at every turn! Way more flirting between these two took place in book 2 so although it was still a slow burn and lacked much progression in relationship status, feelings were expressed and steamy scenes did ensue. They were just cut short and self-sabotaged by the MC claiming bad timing and the arrival of Pan’s ex-girlfriend didn’t help matters either. But it did add a note of jealously which pushed things to develop, unfortunately they kept self-sabotaging each other that lead to no real development in their relationship despite their obvious attraction but here’s to hoping it will in book 3! “I’d begun to realize that Pan had this way about him, a soothing baritone, somehow strong and light all at once, and a calming presence. It was hard not to feel like everything was going to be okay when you were around him…even if it wasn’t.” This is a great point to showcase because it sums up Pan’s aura completely. He does seem to do exactly this. This isn’t a typical quality in a YA love interest and usually I’m drawn to those typical arrogant, cocky sometimes broody types but for some reason I was drawn to Pan like Ulla is. There is a calming tone with him that does make it feel like everything’s going to be ok. Cheesy I know but 100% true. He’s always willing to go with Ulla despite the obviously dangerous situations they get into and he’s more intelligence than might. So he’s out of his element yet he goes because Ulla goes. It’s adorably stupid yet admirable at the same time. Let’s not forget how adorable he is with his dog, Brueger! “I freshened up, and I when I turned the tap off, I could hear him through the door, talking on the phone first to Dagny—in his normal voice, thanking her again—then to Brueger, in a slightly higher-pitched, excitable tone, asking him if he’s a good boy. I put a hand over my mouth to silence my giggle, but I won’t lie that it made me feel like taffy left in the sun all day—so warm and gooey and strangely pleasant.” This is one of those moments you see in a movie where one character sees their opposite (and also love interest) do something so uncharacteristic which changes how they see them and in romantic comedies these are the moments that show why they fall for them and I swooned after reading this. This really shows how Pan is and his love for that dog is too cute. This was a look into his character without any expectation, this was just him being himself and that’s why he’s such a great guy for Ulla. He’s a genuine good guy with a humble heart. He’s never represented himself any other way and that speaks to his character. There’s no charades with this guy. This book contains a science fiction edge not seen in her two other previous series set in the same world. This also worked really well with the tie in of Norse history. They seemed to work seamlessly together. Didn’t make this feel like another reiteration of her other series. Each trilogy seems to take a different direction while still maintaining the integrity of the Troll species as a whole. This was only slightly hinted at and discussed in the first book but in here there’s a lot more sci-fi! Having Ulla’s lineage finally revealed was a great addition to this instalment because that was what she was after all through book one, however there are some real oddities behind it that make me question a lot of this world. It’s way more complicated than first thought and there’s a lot still needed to unravel to make her story complete, setting up her complicated family drama to continue in third book. I won’t spoil this because it’s a big revelation but I will say that I’m glad of the connection drawn from Bryn Aven (from Frostfire, Kanin series) to Ulla Tulin. I liked their friendship and finding out that there’s a familial bond between them made me really happy. The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking has a lot going for it. Ulla finds out her lineage, her romance with Pan seems to progress and the connection between other characters reveal even more about this Lost City but although so much was discovered, this felt like an in-between book because I felt like characters didn’t really develop and despite the story progressing there were a lot of aspects that made it confusing to follow. Many terms were too close in spelling that their actually meanings became lost in translation. This sequel had a case of information overload and unfortunately I can’t praise it as high as the first book. I give The Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking a 7 out of 10. This pains me to do but just like the second Fantastic Beasts movie, this was a story that was setting everything up for the next installation rather than showcasing all the things actually learned in itself. It’s an in-between that serves as a platform for the next. It made for a slower read because it felt like not much happened even though it did. There was too much knowledge and not enough action. ________ “Okay. But there is one more thing I want to know. When you first talked to me at the market, that was to find out if Eliana was safe?’ ‘No, I didn’t realize you knew her then.’ I looked at him more closely, my brow furrowed in confusion. ‘Why did you talk to me, then?’ He laughed. ‘Because I thought you looked like somebody I’d want to know better. So I got to know you better, and it turns out I was right.” _______ 
And again who the hell is this mysterious guy, Jem-Kurk and why is Ulla so curious and infatuated with him? Because I don’t see what she sees and quite frankly it’s way too close to an insta-love romance for me to give it a chance. Whatever it is. See I can’t even label it because he comes out of nowhere every now and then but only sticks around to say a short, weird conversation with Ulla that’s as creepy as it is cryptic before disappearing. He’s random and confusing and most importantly he interrupts her romance with Pan which I’m definitely shipping. I’m not sure where he fits into Ulla’s world and I really hope the third book (no set release) will answer this for me. Ulla’s reactions towards Jem-kurk is not how I would be if some stranger came up to me and said what he said…so what’s his story?

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